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A. Einstein.

Case studies — Augmented reality (AR)

«Into a Safe Future!» is an interactive 3D presentation that uses the «living 3D markers» augmented reality system by EligoVision.

The presentation was developed for JSC Russian Space Systems and displayed at the Year of Russia in France national exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. The exhibition took place on 11-15 June 2010, and was open for all comers.

This exhibition installation is based on a professional optical system with the glasses free 3D display.

This was the first full-featured web-installation developed by EligoVision. It can be viewed on the official websites of both companies: the client's site (www.spacecorp.ru) and the developer’s site at www.eligovision.com/free/demo/3.

This project is a part of the joint exposition of JSC Russian Space Systems and Roscosmos. It was designed specifically for those who are not familiar with the space industry. The main project goal was to demonstrate the corporation’s contribution to the development of the Russian space industry. The content part of the project was retrospective.

3D content

The project software includes 10 interactive animated «living 3D markers» placed into virtual software environment.

The interactive area of the augmented reality system is a table with the «Into a Safe Future» augmented reality album and a set of flyers printed on heavy paper. Flyers also have markers printed on them.

A camera that recognizes markers is set on top, above the glasses free Philips WOWvx 3D display.

Since the installation was active during all working days of the exhibition, it was important to create some linking elements between different parts of the 3D presentation. To accomplish this, besides «living 3D markers» themselves a screensaver was added to the presentation. It included 26 pictures of our planet taken from outer space and converted into 3D format.

They are divided into 5 thematic parts and are separated with an additional 3D slide that invites people to activate the system by opening the album and putting a 3D flyer into the interactive area.

When a user closes the album or removes his/her flyer from the interactive area, the screen saver starts playing automatically after the system being idle for 20 seconds.

The project itself was created as a brief excursion into the history of the Russian space industry and was aimed to illustrate the corporation’s contribution to its development, from 1946 to 2010.

Altogether we created 10 «living 3D markers». Each of them was dated with the year when the respective 3D object was created. They include:

  • 3D logo of JSC Russian Space Systems;
  • first ballistic missiles R1 and R5;
  • first Artificial Earth Satellite (PS-1);
  • first photograph of the far side of the Moon and Luna-3 station;
  • video about Yuri Gagarin’s first space flight;
  • Lunokhod-1;
  • first orbital station called Salyut;
  • Buran spacecraft;
  • International Space Station;
  • MIR project (Monitoring of Infrastructure of Russia).

Each of the ten markers incorporates some interesting animation. You can see one missile turning into another, and the Russian satellite opening up to show the receiver that sent the world’s first signals from outer space. This receiver was developed by JSC Russian Space Systems specialists. The photograph of the far side of the Moon goes to pieces that form the Luna-3 station. The old TV set from 1961 shows a newsreel about Yuri Gagarin's preparation for the first space flight and the launching of the Vostok spaceship.

The Lunokhod-1 marker is designed in compliance with the physics of movement on a solid surface. If a user rotates the marker in front of a camera, the moonscape starts changing, and the moon rover moves in the user-selected direction, climbing up hills, getting stuck in craters, and going down slopes at different speed.

With the help of our markers one can see Salyut orbital station revolving on its axis, and witness the Buran orbital vehicle landing on a runway, and releasing parachutes. You can see ISS being assembled in outer space; starting from the Russian Zarya module placed into orbit in 1998. And finally, the next-generation MIR project gives an insight into the Russian infrastructure monitoring project that uses satellite systems.

 

Every spread of the album contains a short description and illustration of a significant event or object in two languages on the left side, and a «living 3D marker» on the right side. If you bring the album into the interactive area, the right page «comes alive», and you can see an animated three-dimensional model of an object on the screen.

Every marker has its own audio file with information about peculiarities of every 3D model in the project. Altogether we made three versions: Russian, English, and French. When downloading the program a user can choose any language version, and listen to the audio while watching the model on his/her PC. Audio files start automatically after the appropriate model is recognized.

We also prepared a set of colored flyers which served as handouts for exhibition visitors who could take them and test markers on their own PCs at home or at work.

This was the first time when EligoVision used colored «living 3D markers» instead of black-and-white.

As a part of the project we converted the new technology into a web-format that allows watching it on any PC monitor equipped with a webcam. Simply download EligoVision’s free software, print markers using a regular printer, bring them to the camera and see the same 3D models on their monitor.

You can use several markers at the same time, rotate them and move within the interactive area.

EligoVision uses its own software to recognize the augmented reality markers.

Program demonstration

You can test the new project on your own PC (please ensure a camera is connected to your computer). To do this, please click here and follow the instructions.

Installation

The project hardware base is an interactive visual 3D solution, which includes

  • interactive «living 3D markers» system: camera, set of markers, graphics workstation equipped with a professional video card such as NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800;
  • 20-pages album created according to JSC Russian Space System’s Brand book, and several hundreds of «living 3D markers» each consisting of 10 colored flyers;
  • autostereoscopic Philips WOWvx display (42').

Photo-gallery

To watch the project gallery click the image on top.

Video

Coverage and project demonstration on CNewsTV.

Video coverage of the project: all 10 markers on the pages of the album.

Video coverage from the exhibition: the system at the stand.

Video coverage from the exhibition in China.

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